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The social sciences make up a broad field of inquiry concerned with a wide range of aspects of human life and interaction. From anthropology to sociology to political science to economics, social sciences take an analytical approach to the basics of society. Social science majors tend to be some of the most interesting and varied programs of study in college and by learning about people, broadening your perspective and honing your critical thinking skills, your experience as a social science major can help you succeed in a number of fields after you graduate from college.

In the meantime, though, there’s the problem of paying for school. A college degree is expensive and not all social science majors can count on a large salary immediately after graduation, especially if they find themselves drawn to non-profit work or academia. There are a variety of financial aid sources available to social science students, however. General interest scholarships, such as essay scholarships, can be good choices for social science majors, since analysis and persuasive writing are likely to be among your strong suits.

Finding Specific Social Science Scholarships

Since social science is such a broad subject area, a wide range of social science scholarship opportunities fall under its umbrella, including scholarships for sociology, anthropology, political science, economics, social work, communication studies and humanities-based majors like history, linguistics and cultural studies. Major-specific scholarships are available for a variety of disciplines within the social sciences. You can check with your department and your school’s financial aid office for some social science scholarship opportunities for students in your particular major as well as contacting the Social Science Research Council for grants and fellowships. You can also conduct a free college scholarship search at Scholarships.com to find not only social science scholarships, but scholarships based on your other unique characteristics.

AAHD Frederick J. Krause Scholarship on Health and Disability
Application Deadlines: November 15, Annually
The AAHD Frederick J. Krause Scholarship on Health and Disability is awarded annually to a deserving student with a disability who is pursuing undergraduate/graduate studies (must be at least enrolled as a Junior in college) in an accredited university who is pursuing studies related to the health and disability, to include, but not limited to public health, health promotion, disability studies, [...] More

ACF Barnes W. Rose, Jr. and Eva Rose Nichol Scholarship Program
Application Deadlines: March 16, Annually
The Barnes W. Rose, Jr. and Eva Rose Nickol Scholarship Fund was established in 2003 in memory of Mr. Rose and in honor of Eva. Barnes was a 1951 graduate of Albuquerque High School and a 1957 graduate of West Point. Eva is a longtime New Mexico resident. The fund will award a scholarship to an Albuquerque High School graduate pursuing a bachelor's degree in one of the STEM majors: Science, [...] More

ACF Woodcock Family Education Scholarship Program
Application Deadlines: March 16, Annually
This fund was established in 1993 by Albuquerque businessman C.E. (Woody) Woodcock and his wife, Dixie, to support students of exceptional promise in the fields of science and math. Scholarships will be awarded to Albuquerque metro area high school graduating seniors (includes Bernalillo, Sandoval, Valencia and Torrance Counties). Scholarships are payable over four years.

Additional [...] More

Advancing Women in STEM Scholarship
Application Deadlines: December 31, Annually
Women earn almost 60% of all bachelor's degrees in the United States, but they earn only 20% of computer science degrees, 20% of physics degrees, and 18% of engineering degrees. And estimates show that by 2018, the U.S. will face a shortage of more than one million STEM workers. This presents an enormous opportunity to better support young women in pursuing STEM-related careers, and Zenefits is [...] More

African American Network - Carolinas Scholarship Fund
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The African American Network is a Duke Energy employee resource group of African American employees. The Network identifies developmental growth opportunities for African American employees at Duke Energy and creates value for Duke Energy as a business resource and an organization with solid brand reputation. As part of its mission, the African American Network - Carolinas chapter provides [...] More

Alaska Space Grant Program Fellowships
Application Deadlines: September 12, Annually
The Alaska Space Grant Program (ASGP), a participant in the National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program, invites applications from U. S. citizens for undergraduate student scholarships. These stipends are offered to students majoring in science, technology, engineering and/or mathematics (STEM) fields. Stipends available under this announcement are limited to students attending Alaska [...] More

Bache Renshaw Fellowship
Application Deadlines: January 16, Annually
The Renshaw Fellowship supports the study and shaping of school curricula by providing grants to those seeking to become superintendents; curriculum developers; or influential scholars teaching, writing, and lecturing on educational issues. The Renshaw Fellowship is granted to current doctoral students or applicants to doctoral programs in education.

Eligibility:
-Applicants must be members [...] More

Behavioral Health Academic Scholarship Program
Application Deadlines: May 31, Annually
In an effort to help those who are helping others, AAC is excited to offer 3 scholarships for those studying in the fields of behavioral health, counseling, psychology, social work, nursing or related sciences. AAC established these scholarship awards to provide financial assistance to college and graduate students pursuing careers in behavioral health and addiction–related studies. Students [...] More

Boston University Robert Noyce Scholarship Programs
Application Deadlines: February 05, Annually
Boston University is excited to announce the Noyce Scholarship Program in Mathematics, a new initiative to prepare middle school and high school mathematics teachers. With funding from the National Science Foundation and the School of Education and in collaboration with six local school districts and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, the Noyce Program will train up to 13 graduate students [...] More

Catching The Dream Program
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Catching the Dream seeks to address this deficiency. Our high-priority areas of study are math, engineering, science, business, education, and computers. These fields of study are critical to the future of Indian people and the nation, and Native Americans are very underrepresented in these fields.

Catching the Dream is a national Native American education and scholarship center.
Our strategy [...] More

Cleveland State University Robert J. Noyce Scholarship Program
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Full tuition fellowships awarded to highly qualified applicants committed to addressing social justice and change in Urban School and Communities.

Scholarship Eligibility Requirements:
-Be enrolled in the Master of Urban Secondary Teachers MUST program specializing in Math
-Commit to teaching in either Biology and Earth Science, Biology and Chemistry, Chemistry and Physics, Physics and [...] More

Cognizant Making the Future Scholarship
Application Deadlines: March 31, Annually
The Cognizant Making the Future scholarship program recognizes today's inspiration as tomorrow’s innovation. The goal of the scholarship program is to expand the pool of students in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields who are encouraged "to be makers of things, not just consumers of things" as highlighted by President Obama at the National Academies of Science in 2009. [...] More

Dr. Alma S. Adams Scholarship for Outreach and Health Communications
Application Deadlines: April 30, Annually
Wouldn't a scholarship help you breathe a little easier? Truth Initiative is offering college and graduate students a chance to earn the "Dr. Alma S. Adams Scholarship for Outreach and Health Communications to Reduce Tobacco Use Among Priority Populations." The annual scholarship competition empowers and supports students eager to help Truth Initiative achieve a generation for whom tobacco use is [...] More

East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes for U.S. Graduate Students (EAPSI)
Application Deadlines: November 12, Annually
NSF and selected foreign counterpart science and technology agencies sponsor international research institutes for U.S. graduate students in seven East Asia and Pacific locations at times set by the counterpart agencies between June and August each year. The Summer Institutes (EAPSI) operate similarly and the research visits to a particular location take place at the same time. Although [...] More

Elms College STEM Scholarships
Application Deadlines: February 01, Annually
The Elms College ElmSTEM program, supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation, awards scholarship funds to students who major in STEM fields and attend Elms College full-time. First-year students interested in majoring in biology, computer information technology, chemistry, or mathematics are invited to apply to the ElmSTEM program. Students majoring in pre-medical studies or [...] More

EPP Undergraduate Scholarship Program
Application Deadlines: January 29, Annually
The goal of the EPP Undergraduate Scholars Program is to increase the number of students who undertake course work and graduate with degrees in targeted academic fields integral to NOAA's mission. This program targets students who have completed their sophomore year, attending minority serving institutions (MSIs), and have recently declared, or about to declare a major in atmospheric, oceanic, or [...] More

Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship
Application Deadlines: January 29, Annually
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Ernest F. Hollings (Hollings) scholarship program is designed to: (1) increase undergraduate training in oceanic and atmospheric science, research, technology, and education and foster multidisciplinary training opportunities; (2) increase public understanding and support for stewardship of the ocean and atmosphere and improve [...] More

ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Math and Science Scholarships
Application Deadlines: April 08, Annually
Sharing in the belief that education is the key to progress, development and economic growth, ExxonMobil and Dr. Bernard Harris Jr. have developed a partnership to increase awareness about the need for more math and science graduates, especially among underrepresented populations. The ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Math and Science Scholarship is the latest effort to support students who plan to [...] More

FLASH International Code Council Scholarship
Application Deadlines: April 15, Annually
The International Code Council (ICC) Scholarship is available to master and doctorate students performing research in any one of the following areas:

-The effectiveness of building codes against natural disasters
-Education/outreach research focused on building codes
-Research into the incentives and impediments for building code adoption/enforcement

Eligibility:
-Must possess a [...] More

Fontana Transport Inc Scholars Program
Application Deadlines: March 15, Annually
Fontana Transport Inc. is a family owned trucking company based out of Southern California whose owners are passionate about higher education and to be able to help future leaders in their community pursue a higher education degree.

The Fontana Transport Inc. Scholars Program is open to underrepresented, low-income and first-generation college-bound students. Students must be pursuing an [...] More

Furman University Furman Scholars Program
Application Deadlines: June 01, Annually
The Furman Scholars program seeks to honor high school juniors who exhibit strong academic potential, demonstrate leadership potential, and show significant involvement in extracurricular activities and community service. High school guidance counselors nominate current juniors to participate in the program. Students selected as Furman Scholars are eligible to receive at least $7,500 in [...] More

Gates Millennium Scholars Program
Application Deadlines: January 13, Annually
The Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) Program, funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, was established in 1999 to provide outstanding African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander American, and Hispanic American students with an opportunity to complete an undergraduate college education in any discipline area of interest. Continuing Gates Millennium [...] More

Gladys Carol Scholarship
Application Deadlines: March 31, Annually
The Gladys Carol Scholarship Program is open to high school seniors, high school graduates, current postsecondary undergraduates, and graduate level students who are United States citizens or permanent residents. They must be pursuing a full-time STEM (science, technology, engineering or math) degree at an accredited, non-profit public or private four-year college or university in the United [...] More

Gloria Barron Wilderness Society Scholarship
Application Deadlines: March 31, Annually
Graduate students meeting the eligibility requirements noted below may apply directly to The Wilderness Society.

Eligibility:
-Be enrolled in an accredited graduate institution in North America
-Have strong academic qualifications
-Have academic and/or career goals focused on making a significant positive difference in the long-term protection of wilderness in the United States. Graduate [...] More

Intel Science Talent Search
Application Deadlines: November 11, Annually
The Intel Science Talent Search (Intel STS), a program of Society for Science & the Public, is the nation's oldest and most prestigious pre-college science competition. It honors exceptional high school seniors for their scientific research and their potential as future leaders in the scientific community.

Each year, approximately 1,800 students attending American high schools enter the [...] More

ISF National Scholarships
Application Deadlines: March 21, Annually
The Islamic Scholarship Fund (ISF) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) entity founded in 2009 whose mission is to address the under-representation of American Muslims in the fields and occupations that influence public opinion and make public policy. Our belief is that fostering education and improving Muslim representation in all walks of life including media and politics will lead to full integration and [...] More

JASC-Nielsen STEM Scholarship
Application Deadlines: November 20, Annually
In recognition of the community's achievements and its enduring values, Nielsen supports the next generation of Asian American leaders in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics with these two scholarships.

Eligibility:
1) Applicant must be either a high school senior or currently enrolled as a student in a college or university
2) Area of college study must be in either science, [...] More

Jesse L. Jackson Sr. Fellows Toyota Scholarship
Application Deadlines: May 30, Annually
Toyota is partnering with Rainbow PUSH Excel to provide $75,000 scholarships to 10 deserving engineering and business college students through the Jesse L. Jackson Sr. Fellows Scholarships. In addition to the scholarships, Toyota is offering these students the opportunity to work at one of their facilities across North America to gain valuable real-world experience, as well as be paired with [...] More

Joseph T. Weingold Scholarship
Application Deadlines: December 02, Annually
Each year, NYSARC awards scholarships to college students pursing degrees in special education, physical or occupational therapy or a field related to intellectual and other developmental disabilities.

The Joseph T. Weingold Scholarship is awarded to students enrolled full-time in an education degree program leading to special education certification at a New York college or university. Two [...] More

Liberty Power Bright Horizons Scholarship
Application Deadlines: July 29, Annually
Liberty Power, the nation's largest owner-operated retail electric supplier, is proud to announce the launch of the 4th annual Liberty Power Bright Horizons Scholarship. The scholarship is an ongoing collaboration between Liberty Power and the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) Foundation. This partnership is focused on providing a collective $100,000 in scholarships over the [...] More

Marcus Raper Zimmerman Fund
Application Deadlines: August 15, Annually
The purpose of the fund is to provide post-secondary scholarship assistance to handicapped individuals, or to those persons preparing themselves to work with the handicapped. The scholarship may provide a non-renewable award for students who will pursue a first-time two or four-year degree, certificate, or diploma from accredited post-secondary
institutions. Scholarships will be applied to the [...] More

MIT Inspire Competition
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MIT INSPIRE is the first national research competition for high school students in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. The competition is organized by MIT undergraduates. Participating high school students, as individuals or teams of two will submit research reports in one of 13 fields, such as: history, economics, or philosophy. Approximately 100 finalists with the most exceptional [...] More

MIT THINK Scholars Program
Application Deadlines: January 01, Annually
The THINK Scholars Program is an educational outreach initiative that promotes science, technology, engineering, and mathematics by supporting and funding projects developed by high school students. The program is run by undergraduate students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and sponsored by technology companies and educational organizations. THINK project proposals are science [...] More

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Center
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The National Science Foundation's Graduate Research Fellowship Program helps ensure the vitality of the human resource base of science and engineering in the United States and reinforces its diversity. The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master's and [...] More

National Space Club Keynote Scholarships
Application Deadlines: December 02, Annually
Provided to a high school senior, undergraduate or graduate student with definite plans to pursue a career in the Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM) fields.

Eligibility:
-Must be a U.S. citizen
-The scholarship is open to seniors in high school through graduate students
-The applicant must have the intention of pursuing a career in the STEM fields and plan to attend an [...] More

NBCC Foundation Military Scholarship
Application Deadlines: November 15, Annually
The NBCC Foundation Military scholarship was created to increase the number of counselors available to serve military personnel and families suffering from a shortage of available mental health professionals. The NBCC Foundation is pleased to announce the military scholarships for service members, veterans and their spouses pursuing a career in professional counseling. These scholarships provide [...] More

NBCC Foundation Rural Scholarship
Application Deadlines: November 15, Annually
The NBCC Foundation is pleased to announce this year's rural scholarships available for professional counseling students. These scholarships provide financial support to students who are currently enrolled in a CACREP-accredited counseling program, live in a rural area and commit to serving rural areas for a minimum of two (2) years. Five (5) scholarships in the amount of $5,000 are available. [...] More

Odebrecht Award for Sustainable Development
Application Deadlines: May 31, Annually
The Odebrecht Organization recognizes the importance of integrating sustainability into the core of our business. Since 2012, Odebrecht USA and Braskem America have hosted the United States edition of the Odebrecht Award for Sustainable Development, an annual competition that invites university students to join us in the search for innovative technologies and methods that promote sustainable and [...] More

Parkinson's Disease Foundation Summer Student Fellowship Program
Application Deadlines: January 26, Annually
PDF's Summer Fellowship Program is used to support students - from advanced undergraduates to medical students - in their pursuit of Parkinson's-related summer research projects. The goal of the Summer Fellowship is to cultivate an early interest in Fellows into the cause and possible treatments for Parkinson's disease. Fellows work under the close supervision of a sponsor who is an expert in the [...] More

PG&E NuEnergy Scholarship
Application Deadlines: February 09, Annually
The NuEnergy scholarship program targets top-performing college students who have an interest and desire to pursue a career in the energy sector.

Awards
For this year's NuEnergy scholarship program, an approximate total of $15,000 will be awarded among 3-5 recipients.

Eligibility
- Students interested in applying must have a primary address that is within the PG&E service territory.
[...] More

Presbyterian Student Opportunity Scholarship
Application Deadlines: May 15, Annually
The Student Opportunity Scholarship program serves Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) college students by providing need-based aid for sophomores, juniors, and seniors who are full-time, first-degree students attending accredited institutions in the United States. Student Opportunity Scholarship applicants will explore who God created them to be in a series of essay questions intended for students to [...] More

Scarlett Family Foundation Scholarship
Application Deadlines: December 15, Annually
Scarlett Family Foundation Scholarships are open to high school seniors and college freshmen, sophomores, and juniors who will graduate or have graduated from high school in one of the following Middle Tennessee counties: Bedford, Cannon, Cheatham, Clay, Coffee, Cumberland, Davidson, Dekalb, Dickson, Fentress, Franklin, Giles, Hickman, Houston, Humphreys, Jackson, Lawrence, Lewis, Lincoln, Macon, [...] More

SHPE Professional Scholarship
Application Deadlines: April 15, Annually
SHPE will provide $2,000 to applicants who are employed full-time in the U.S. or Puerto Rico in a technical career field and enrolled at least half-time (6 hours) in a science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) degree program and maintain a 3.0 GPA throughout the academic year. Applicant must be pursuing a first master's or doctoral degree. Applicant must be a paid SHPE member in good [...] More

Society For The Scientific Study Of Sexuality (Student Research Grant)
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Each year the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality awards two grants of $1,000 each to students who are doing sexuality research. The purpose of the research can be a master's thesis or doctoral dissertation, but this is not a requirement. Applicants must be enrolled in a degree granting program and members of the SSSS.

Deadlines for submission of applications are February 1st and [...] More

StormStruck: A Tale of Two Homes Scholarship
Application Deadlines: April 15, Annually
The FLASH Scholarship Program offers $1,500 graduate scholarships for students seeking academic degrees that underpin disaster safety and mitigation, including construction, engineering, financial services, risk communication, social sciences and more. The scholarship program was originally created as a higher education extension of StormStruck: A Tale of Two Homes, the popular interactive severe [...] More

Study and Internship Program in Germany (SIP-UAS7)
Application Deadlines: February 15, Annually
Since 2006, the Study & Internship Program (SIP) has enabled highly qualified undergraduates from U.S. and Canadian colleges and universities to experience the German approach to hands-on education at a member of UAS7, a consortium of Germany's top universities of applied sciences. SIP students spend a semester studying at a UAS7 campus and a semester interning. Internships typically last 5-6 [...] More

TEACH Grant
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The TEACH Grant Program provides grants to students who are completing or plan to complete course work needed to begin a career in teaching.

To receive a TEACH Grant, you must:
-Meet the basic eligibility criteria for the federal student aid programs
-Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
-Be enrolled as an undergraduate, post-baccalaureate, or graduate student at a [...] More

The Hispanic Scholarship Fund College Scholarships
Application Deadlines: April 02, Annually
HSF/ General College Scholarships are designed to assist students of Hispanic heritage obtain a college degree. Scholarships are available on a competitive basis to graduating high school seniors, community college transfer students, undergraduate students and graduate students.

-Must be of Hispanic heritage
-Minimum of 3.0 GPA for high school students
-Minimum of 2.5 GPA for college and [...] More

The James M. & Erma T. Freemont Foundation Scholarship Program
Application Deadlines: February 05, Annually
The Freemont Foundation Scholarship Program is available to graduating high school seniors, undergraduate and graduate students. Selected from a nationwide pool of applicants, qualified recipients will become Freemont Scholars.

Through generous donations, the Freemont Foundation is able to provide scholarships to outstanding students. It is the duty of our dedicated Board of Directors to [...] More

The Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago Academic Scholarship
Application Deadlines: February 01, Annually
College is expensive. The Jewish community through the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago can help. Educational scholarship funds from grants administered by the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago are available for Jewish college and graduate students. Approximately $500,000 is available each year for full-time students, predominantly those legally domiciled in the metropolitan [...] More

Thomas G. Labrecque Smart Start Scholarship Program
Application Deadlines: January 01, Annually
Each year, 10 high school graduating seniors across New York City become part of the Thomas G. Labrecque Smart Start Scholarship Program. Since 1992 the Scholarship program has had an impact on over 450 students throughout the five boroughs of New York City by providing education, work-related and financial benefits.

Eligibility:
-Be a high school senior
-Be a NYC resident who attends a [...] More

TKE Carrol C. Hall Memorial Scholarship
Application Deadlines: March 15, Annually
A leader in the formation of the TKE Educational Foundation, Carrol C. Hall served as a member of its Board of Directors. Frater Hall was initiated a Teke at Iota Chapter at Eureka College. He was the recipient of the Order of the Golden Eagle Award in 1987. The Directors of the Foundation established this scholarship through the Hall estate in recognition of dedication to TKE during his lifetime [...] More

Universities Space Research Association (USRA) Scholarship Awards
Application Deadlines: August 12, Annually
The USRA Scholarship Awards provide college scholarship awards to students who have shown a career interest in space science research, aeronautics-related sciences, or space science education. Four Scholarship Awards honor individuals who have made specific contributions to science and the US Space Program. Students will be matched to the scholarship award most appropriate for their area of [...] More

University of Rochester FIRST Scholarship
Application Deadlines: February 01, Annually
The University of Rochester, in partnership with "For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology", will commit five $40,000 ($10,000 annual) awards to students enrolling as first-year students at the University of Rochester.

Students who wish to qualify for the FIRST Robotics Scholarship must have competed on a FIRST team, and must submit a letter from their FIRST team coordinator. [...] More

Washington State Opportunity Scholarship
Application Deadlines: February 28, Annually
The Washington State Opportunity Scholarship (WSOS) supports low- and middle-income students pursuing eligible high-demand majors in science, technology, engineering, math (STEM) or health care and encourages recipients to work in Washington state once they complete their degrees.

Eligibility:
-High school diploma or GED must be from a Washington State high school or institution
-Must be a [...] More

ZONTA Women in Science Scholarship
Application Deadlines: June 15, Annually
Founded in 1919, Zonta International is a leading global organization of professionals empowering women worldwide through service and advocacy. With more than 30,000 members belonging to more than 1,200 Zonta Clubs in 67 countries and geographic areas, Zontians all over the world volunteer their time, talents and support to local and international service projects, as well as scholarship programs [...] More

Last Edited: December 2015

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